What is Retirement Living
Lionel Blair gives us a clue into Retirement Living...
As we get older, many of us begin to feel that our family home is now too big and the constant maintenance is too much like hard work. As a result, thousands of the over 60s in the UK are now choosing to move to specialist retirement developments. I have been finding out exactly what is a retirement development, what the Owners get up to and how completely different they are from what we always used to know as an 'old people's home'.
So where to start?
Put very simply, a retirement development, like those provided by Churchill Retirement Living, are developments of purpose-built retirement apartments in a secure or gated environment with a number of communal facilities. They typically include 20 – 50 individual properties, though more recent ‘retirement villages’ may have 300 or more. Whilst villages tend to be remote from town or city life, most retirement developments are built close to leisure, transport and shopping facilities.
Your own apartment
The accommodation within a retirement development is usually, but not exclusively, one or two bedroom apartments. They each have their own front door, modern kitchens and bathrooms and in most cases have access to landscaped communal gardens. Within each development there is a communal Lounge where Owners can get together and socialise.
"I recommend that you visit a Churchill Retirement Living development so that you can see for yourself the beautifully furnished Show Apartments and experience the lifestyle that can be enjoyed."
Hamlet Lodge | Brand New
Heathville Road, Gloucester, GL1 3ET
1 bedroom apartments start from £134,950
2 bedroom apartments start from £179,950
Hamlet Lodge is a prestigious development of 48 one and two bedroom retirement apartments.
This development is ideally located for the bustling city centre, which combines High Street stores with a wide range of specialist shops and boutiques. Alongside restaurants and cafes within the pedestrianised centre, two modern shopping centres, The Mall Eastgate and Kinds Walk cater for all your shopping needs. Gloucester has been very successful in retaining much of its market town atmosphere with an all your round covered market selling traditional local produce.
To the east of Gloucester, The Cotswolds known for their gentle hillsides and sleepy villages and designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offer endless walking opportunities, many based in and around the characteristic villages and market towns. The Cotswolds also have some of the finest gardens in Great Britain and a regular calendar of festivals and events to enjoy.